African Dances

High-spirited, folkloric dances expressing narratives from across the African continent. Fast-paced and rhythmic, these total-body workouts also provide a powerful cultural experience. Live traditional drumming accompanies every class, from beginner to experienced. Dance techniques include West African, Congolese, Sabar, and Guinean.

Featured News Releases

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Ailey Extension Brings Premiere Choreographers To The People With Exclusive Workshops And Special Holiday Classes

In conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York City Center season, the Ailey Extension presents workshops taught by acclaimed choreographers and instructors throughout December, as well as special dance fitness events to ring in 2017. From mambo to ballet, these unique workshops and special classes allow novice, intermediate, and professional students to explore techniques and choreography at New York’s largest building dedicated to dance. Choreographer of the Cuban-

The Ailey Extension Heats Up This Summer With Performance Workshops and Master Classes

The Ailey Extension heats up this summer with unique master classes and exciting performance workshops which culminate in a concert at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. These summer exclusives complement the program’s regular classes, which total over 80 per week in 25 diverse dance and fitness techniques. So whether you prefer the stage or the studio, there is something for you at the Ailey Extension.

Featured Press Coverage

Dance Teacher Magazine - Maguette Camara: How I Teach West African

As Maguette Camara seamlessly shifts between the front of the studio and to play drums that are clustered on the side, it's hard to tell where the musician leaves off and the dancer begins. He's instructing an advanced-beginner level West African class at The Ailey School in New York, and the intricate rhythms are proving challenging to the students - 30 pre-professional men and women.